5 Myths about Orthodontic Treatment

You wouldn’t believe how many patients are dissuaded from orthodontic treatment based on myths they hear from friends, family members, coworkers, and neighbors.

Fortunately, our orthodontist in Ann Arbor, MI, is here to set the record straight.

Braces are a great way to achieve a straighter, healthier smile.

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Let’s break down five common myths about orthodontic treatment.

Myth #1: Adults Can’t Straighten Teeth

You may associate braces with middle school, but we have many adult patients who opt for orthodontic treatment. It’s never too late to straighten teeth and improve your oral health. We’d be more than happy to determine if you’re a candidate for adult braces and help you plan your next steps.

Myth #2: Only Metal Braces Can Straighten Teeth

If you think you would feel self-conscious with metal on your teeth, ask our orthodontist about Invisalign® clear aligners. Invisalign aligners are made of plastic materials and function similarly to traditional metal braces.

This means that most people won’t even realize that you’re wearing Invisalign aligners unless they’re standing close. Many of our adult patients prefer clear aligners because they’re discreet, which is perfect for the professional world.

Here are 7 things to know before getting Invisalign.

Myth #3: It Will Take Too Long

While it may have taken your neighbor’s kid all of middle and high school to straighten their teeth, that doesn’t mean the same will be true for you.

Remember, it’s never too late to get adult braces. Also, you never know how much time it will take to achieve a beautifully straight smile until you sit down with our orthodontist to discuss treatment. Every patient is different.

If you choose Invisalign, you’ll need to brush after every meal to avoid staining your clear aligners. Whether you get Invisalign or traditional metal braces, our orthodontist will carefully plan and monitor treatment to safely move your teeth.

Myth #4: Braces Only Change Your Appearance

Braces affect so much more than just your appearance (although that’s nice, too). Teeth braces also affect your oral health.

When teeth are crowded, it can be difficult to thoroughly brush and floss. If you neglect flossing altogether, dental plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that increases your risk for gum disease and tooth decay.

Fortunately, dental braces can straighten your teeth so they are easier to brush and floss.

Myth #5: I Can Safely Straighten My Own Teeth

The most dangerous myth about orthodontics is that you can safely move teeth without the expertise of an orthodontist.

The truth is that using a DIY kit off of the internet could permanently damage your smile. The safest way to move teeth is to see us for treatment. We’ll make sure your teeth are safely moved into optimal alignment so you can smile with confidence.

Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation

Our orthodontist in Ann Arbor, MI, is proud to offer both Invisalign clear aligners and traditional metal braces. To learn more about your treatment options, please call Enhance Family Dentistry & Orthodontics at (734) 821-7676. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

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